A suspect wanted in a 2007 killing in Moreno Valley was returned to the United States today, one day after being captured in San Pedro Lagunillas, Nayarit, Mexico.
The killing occurred June 13, 2007, and shortly after identifying Jovanny Rendon as a suspect and obtaining an arrest warrant, detectives learned he had fled the state, Laura Eimiller of the FBI said.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives worked with the FBI’s Inland Regional Apprehension Team, which worked closely with the FBI’s legal attache in Mexico City, to locate Rendon, Eimiller said.
Rendon was arrested Thursday by officers with the Nayarit State Police and Mexican immigration authorities and was found to be in violation of Mexican immigration laws and deported to the United States, Eimiller said.
Rendon was taken to Houston and turned over to Houston-based FBI agents.
He is being held at the Harris County Jail.
“It is anticipated that the United States government will dismiss the federal warrant charging Rendon with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and that Rendon will be prosecuted for the state murder charge by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office,” Eimiller said.